Why Turtles Live in Water

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WHY TURTLES LIVE IN WATER

 

 

CHARACTERS:

TURTLE 1

TURTLE 2

HUNTER 1

HUNTER 2

HUNTER 3

 

SCRIPT:

 

ACT 1 – IN THE FOREST

 

(Turtle 1 and 2 are eating in the forest)

 

TURTLE 1:  I’m very hungry, but I’m tired of eating the same food.

 

TURTLE 2:  You should be grateful that we have abundant food here in the forest.

 

TURTLE 1:  Dont’t you get bored of eating the same food everyday?.

 

TURTLE 2: No.  At least it’s free!.  Humans have to work in order to buy their food.

 

TURTLE 1:  You’re right, but I’d love to eat something different.  I’ll go to that part of the forest near the river.  I’m sure I’ll find delicious plants and fruits to eat over there.

 

TURTLE 2:  No, don’t go… that’s the most dangerous area of the forest!.

 

TURTLE 1:  Everything will be just fine, don’t be scared.  Bye!. 

 

(Turtle 1 leaves the stage)

 

ACT 2 – NEAR THE RIVER

 

(Hunter 1, 2, and 3 are looking for wild animals to hunt.  Turtle 1 enters the stage walking slowly, then stops to eat near a tree)

 

TURTLE 1:  This fruit is delicious!.  I’m glad I came here.

 

(Hunter 1 approaches the turtle)

 

HUNTER 1: (To Hunter 2 and 3)  Look what I found!. 

 

 

(Hunter 2 and 3 approach Hunter 1)

 

HUNTER 2:  Finally we found something to eat!.

 

HUNTER 3:  How are we going to cook it?.

 

HUNTER 1:  We’ll make turtle soup.

 

TURTLE 1:  You’ll have to kill me first, and take me out of this shell.

 

HUNTER 2:  We’ll break your shell with sticks and stones.

 

TURTLE 1:   That’ll never work.  My shell is to hard and you will not break it!.

 

HUNTER 3: Then we’ll throw you from a high mountain!.

 

TURTLE 1:  I have a better idea.  Why don’t you throw me into the river, and drown me.

 

HUNTER 1:  Great idea!.

 

HUNTER 2:  Let’s do it now, I’m really hungry!. 

 

(Hunter 1, 2, and 3 pick up the turtle and throw it into the water)

 

 

HUNTER 3:  Let’s wait a few minues until he dies.

 

HUNTER 1:  I’ll start the fire!.

 

(A few minutes later, the turtle’s eyes poked up in the water)

 

 

TURTLE 1:   Don’t get those cooking pots out too fast, foolish men!. I think I’ll spend most of my time from now on, safely in the water. Good-bye!. 

 

HUNTER 1, 2, AND 3:  Darn it!.

 

THE END

 

AUTHOR: A TALE FROM WEST AFRICA

 

ADAPTED BY: K I D S I N C O

 

 

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